Here it is.
The most important day in the past 29 years. A moment that we have waited to arise for almost 3 decades. A night we have dreamed of, agonized over, yelled at the TV for, and cursed at our owner/manager/players until we willed them to this day.
Tonight, the Royals host a playoff game.
If you are from Kansas City (the 816, 913 and outer lying areas) and that sentence doesn’t give you chills or bring you to the brink of tears, then you are probably no longer clinically alive.
The game starts in approximately 5 hours. The Plaza is festooned with Royals flags; the fountains that have given this glorious city its nickname are shooting blue water. Everyone has on their old George Brett #5 (or Moose #8 or even Gil Meche #55) t-shirt from some T-Shirt Tuesday.
THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING DAY IN YOUR LIFE (Unless you are old enough to remember 1985. Most people reading this blog are probably not old enough to remember 1985 since the older generation never really learned what the internet is. Anyway, TODAY IS EXCITING). James Shields is pitching, in what might be his last game as a Royal. They are handing out Blue Rally Towels at The K. The weather looks perfect. Tailgating starts in 30 minutes and the air will soon be filled with the smell of hot dogs and beer and KC bbq that is so famous.
Drink it up. Take it all in. Buy some new Royals gear. Hug an old friend and make fun of Oakland fans since their football team is a joke. Cheer as loud as you can, even if you are not at the game.
I know I will be. In fact, I am going to try and make this the most Kansas City night ever had in the state of Texas (hopefully I can find some Boulevard and KC Masterpiece and some decent ribs here in Houston). Nights like these are so rare for KC. In fact, WEEKS like these are even more rare, with the Chiefs destroying the Patriots last night on Monday Night Football and Sporting KC heading to Washington DC tomorrow to meet the President and be congratulated for their MLS Championship. KANSAS CITY IS THE PLACE TO BE. I am so jealous of everyone going to the game tonight. Please go have some fun. Even if the Royals don’t defeat Jon Lester and his career 1.84 ERA against them. BECAUSE KC DESERVES THIS. You deserve this.
We are part of the Royals family and we are in the playoffs. The sweetest thing anyone can ever say.
Good luck tonight to the Boys in Blue. Each and every one of you who has given KC a source of pride.